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FIR threat against govt for MeECL terminal benefits   

Shillong, June 8: The Coordination Committee of Registered MeECL Employees Associations and Unions (CCORMAU) has threatened to file FIR against the state government for its delay in clearing the terminal benefits of Rs 840 crore to retired employees.

After meeting the power minister James Sangma on Tuesday, CCORMAU vice president Arju Dkhar said the failure of the government to clear the terminal benefits is a criminal offence as per the MoU.

“If things are not moving in the right direction, we may be compelled to file an FIR may be against the chief secretary, against the power secretary, against the MeECL CMD because clauses are there, the MoU has been signed, it is documented…,” Dkhar said.

He said it is also very unfortunate that some of the retired senior employees have passed away without getting their dues adding “it really hurts us”.

The terminal benefits amounting to Rs 840 crore has been pending for the past 11 years though the then chief minister Mukul Sangma had given an order in April 2014 that the government will clear the benefits to employees on a monthly basis.

He said in 2009, the state government had also written to the Centre for an ADB loan in order to put in place a pension corpus fund but it has not been materialised till date whereas in other state utilities, this has been done.

Dkhar said the pension corpus which has been assured prior to corporatisation has not been honoured by the government.

“So I would request the government to find out where has this deficiency cropped up be it at MeECL level, at the power department level or at the finance level – try to find out on this,” he added.

When asked, the CCORMAU vice president said the power minister has assured the delegation that he would take up the matter with the Chief Minister for necessary intervention and action.

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